Visit the Knitting & Stitching Show

Mrs Moon at Knitting & Stitching show

The Knitting & Stitching Show returns to Alexandra Palace on 5th – 9th October 2016, with shopping, workshops and inspiration around every corner. There’s also drop-in crochet and knitting sessions with UK Hand Knitting’s team of experts. If it’s time to top up your stash, check out the latest yarns and products from nearly 400 retailers. Then take… Continue reading

Join the #Make2Share Challenge – spread the hooky fun!


The #Make2Share challenge is about spreading your love of crafting to friends and family – we’re asking you to give a handmade gift, and ask the recipient to then pass on a gift of their own. Started by retailers, media companies and manufacturers, we want to promote the joy of handmade giving and receiving. If… Continue reading

Competition: win Bristol Wool Fair tickets

Bristol Wool Fair

In our new competition you can win Bristol Wool Fair tickets. This year the event runs from 11th to 13th September 2015, and has moved to a new venue, Washing Pool Farm near Cribbs Causeway. The extra space means there’s room for over 80 stalls, selling unique hand-made gifts and yarns, a wide choice of workshops,… Continue reading

Free pattern! Crochet necklaces

These necklaces will take you from day to night and keep you on trend along the way.

You can see more of Carol’s beautiful crochet accessories over in her Etsy shop – CM Beatknit. This pattern is a free download on the condition that it will be NOT be used for commercial purposes. If you have any queries regarding this pattern please contact us on © Carol Meldrum Materials Yarn: 1… Continue reading

Don’t miss: The Knitting and Stitching show

Girl being taught on sewing machine (1)

Will you be joining us this year for The Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace from 10-13th October? I can’t believe it’s less than a week until this year’s Knitting and Stitching show, where’s the time gone?! This year Kirstie McLeod from Simply Knitting, Rosee Woodland from The Knitter, Debora Bradley and I will… Continue reading

DIY: Alphabet pompoms


Try making your own alphabet pompoms, a novel yarn buster and sure to brighten your day! Have you heard of Mr Printables? It’s a site packed full of original projects to download run by the novice but exceptionally crafty Olive. It’s on this fab site we found this tutorial for alphabet pompoms and fell in… Continue reading

What is…freeform crochet?

Gorgeous freeform hats available from Girl with a Hook through Etsy

Tap into your inner artist with freeform crochet. It’s a technique where there’s no right or wrong. When you see examples of freeform crochet, you’ll notice a relaxed, free-flowing quality. This is because the technique doesn’t use regular or repeating motifs. In fact, pieces are created as you go along and never involve following a… Continue reading

Introducing…Made in Felt


The brand new mag that has us all giving the hooks a break for some fun with felt! With over 30 projects to get you started, including cute felties, accessories and toys, Made in Felt is the perfect mag for those new to this addictive craft. As well as some fab patterns the magazine features… Continue reading

Don’t miss: Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC this March!

Free 'make and take' classes, expert advice and hundreds of exhibitors

Sewing for Pleasure, Hobbycrafts and Fashion,  and Embroidery & Stitch are returning to the Birmingham NEC this month from the 21st -24th March, for a four day craft bonanza. Sewing for Pleasure Stop by the Sewing Machine Clinic and pick up some tips from the hands-on beginners workshops, or visit the Knitting lounge to learn… Continue reading

Save the date! The 2013 Knitting and Stitching show


This year’s Knitting and Stitching show may still be 10 weeks away, but we can’t wait already… From the 14th to 17th March, London’s Olympia will be turned into a fiber artist’s heaven, with 180 companies and professionals attending you’ll have the perfect opportunity to stock up on the latest yarns and accessories, chat to… Continue reading